Beatmaker and electronic musician, Bright Future, is need of some fundraising for two ambitious music videos. Don't know who he is?
We have two music videos, with all the production equipment, ready to be filmed (to be shot on RED ONE MX with Carl Zeiss CP.2 Primes), each video has a very high end concept that we tried to keep as low-budget as possible.
Here are the tracks:
A masked vigilante wanders the streets of Brooklyn stopping crime, albeit with questionably moral ways. It's a video displaying the risks of vigilantism, and corruption. Oh, and shooting at night in NY looks awesome. The budget would encompass the vigilante's outfit (see below for more info) and airfare for the CA based Camera Op/DP and AC/DIT.
Two feline submariners explore the paper-craft inspired oceanic vistas in a dreamy, but heroic allegory for unrelenting love. They encounter electric jelly fish, giant toothed squids, and even a surprise visit from Cthulthu! The budget will go towards the construction and creation of: dive suits, a sleep/escape pod, lifesized cockpit of the submarine, scale models of the submarine and squid, life-size squid tentacles, foam-latex Cthlthu mask/body suit, set design, and various papercraft/LED creations. We are scheduled with Big Cat Rescue (http://bigcatrescue.org/) to shoot reaction shots and source footage for feline submariners, and leftover funds will be donated to Big Cat Rescue.
What We Need & What You Get
So how's that big $10,000 goal going to get us there? Where are those costs going?
$700-$1000 will be going into the "Tesseract" video for costuming and simple makeup. We will be creating a custom pea-coat jacket with bendable/flexible collars, a decorative face-scarf, and some patchwork for Frank Midnite's label, Nite Thief. The jacket will be worn during shows, and live performances so it will need to be sturdy and last longer than just for our music video shoot; the goal is to become as memorable of an image as the sounds off the album have been.
$5700-7000 will be going towards the construction of "Without You"'s various props , papercrafts, stop motion crew and set costs. The reason this price range is flexible is that obviously with more funding, we can produce better looking props, and special effects. These range from costumes, to set pieces, to just cool background art, including:
- Scale model submarine and "giant" squid
- Life size submarine cockpit/control deck
- 2x Dive suits
- Life size escape pod
- Scale model set (30'x30' + back drop + studio rental)
- Hundreds of papercraft/LED fish, jellyfish, eels, whales, and rays
- Life sized "giant" squid tentacles
- Cthulthu foam latex body suit, and facial prosthetics.
So there's $2000 left.... that's because we want to feed the crew we hire, cover their gas expenses (because let's face it, not all of us live in media hubs, but still want to have some creative work under our belt) and give them some form of payment since the "Without You" video will be incredibly time consuming because we will be utilziing:
-green screens (for compositing actors into scale model sets and tracking footage with Big Cat Rescue's feline friends)
-stop motion (papercraft critters, and materials cost)
-live action make up
-Puppetry (squid tentacles)
All that footage then has to be composited, graded, color corrected, and not to mention tracking our talents' faces so we can render those gorgeous Big Cat heads seamlessly onto their bodies. In essence, that $2000 is buffer funds to insure the crew is happy, healthy, safe, and comfy, and in the off-chance should anything catastrophic happen during the molding of some of the complicated prosthetics, we would have enough to buy new fresh materials.
The crew will include:
2nd unit Camera Operator/AC
Production Assistants/Papercraft Wranglers x 3-5
Here's the deal. Frank Midnite is incredibly talented, he works and records everything analog whenever possible, and is genuinely one of the nicest musicians to be in the scene. The guy is ego-free, and just wants to be able to support himself, and have his music reach the masses. We hope that these videos will not only be a launching platform for his career, but also for the incredibly talented Bay Area-located crew. We want to give back in plenty of ways, and having a name for oneself is the easiest way to help promote your causes and awareness issues.
And.... if not helping an independent artist is the way you roll, that's fine, but we will be using whatever leftover funds we generate from this campaign and donating it directly to Big Cat Rescue (http://bigcatrescue.org/).
Big Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, FEID 59-3330495. Florida law requires that all charities soliciting donations disclose their registration number and the percentage of your donation that goes to the cause and the amount that goes to the solicitor. Big Cat Rescue's registration number is CH11409. They do not utilize professional solicitors, so 0% of your donation goes to a professional solicitor, 100% goes to Big Cat Rescue. Non-program expenses are funded from tour income, so 100% of your donations go to supporting the cats and stopping the abuse.
Other Ways You Can Help
So you don't have money, oh no! Don't worry about it, we could really use your hand with the following:
- Promote this campaign to your friends, and theirs respectively. You are supporting real indie music, and big ol' cats! Do you even have to try to convince someone to throw you a buck with that kind of pitch?
- Got production equipment? We're pretty set up, but we could always use alternative lens options, PL lenses, and lighting kits. Even a RED operator would cut down the time spent working on stop-motion segments.
- Got a studio space in NY or NorCal/SF Bay area we could use? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send us an email if you'd like to help print out some of our hundreds of sheets of papercraft fishies and sea-life. We will be making schools of fish, so when we say HUNDREDS, we mean it. That cost can ramp up really quick and leave our printer hurting. If you can spare some ink, you'll get one your Papercrafts back signed by Bright Future's (aka Frank Midnite).
- Know a good compositor? Just email us your hourly rate (flat rates and free for credits are options too), what editing software suites you use, and your resume. Send all inquiries to email@example.com